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Newcastle stun Leicester 4-2

Published:Saturday | May 8, 2021 | 12:22 AM
Newcastle’s Joe Willock (right) is challenged for the ball by Leicester City’s Çağlar Söyüncü during their English Premier League match at the King Power Stadium in Leicester, England yesterday.
Newcastle’s Joe Willock (right) is challenged for the ball by Leicester City’s Çağlar Söyüncü during their English Premier League match at the King Power Stadium in Leicester, England yesterday.

LEICESTER, England (AP):

Newcastle stunned Leicester 4-2 to inch closer to survival in the English Premier League (EPL) and deal a potentially damaging blow to the Foxes’ UEFA Champions League hopes yesterday.

Callum Wilson struck twice to all but secure the Magpies’ EPL status. They are one point from safety.

Çağlar Söyüncü’s error gifted Joe Willock the opener, then Paul Dummett’s first goal in more than five years doubled the visitors’ lead.

Wilson’s second-half brace lifted the Magpies to 13th place, while Marc Albrighton and Kelechi Iheanacho scored late for Leicester.

They will be safe if Fulham fail to beat Burnley on Monday, but can go down only on goal difference as they face the Cottagers on the final day of the season.

Leicester struggled badly after losing Jonny Evans in the warm-up and remain third but opened the door for Chelsea and West Ham in the race to finish in the top four.

The Foxes go to Manchester United on Tuesday while they also face Chelsea and Tottenham – after their FA Cup final against the Blues – in their final three top-flight games.

They could suffer late Champions League heartbreak again, with fifth-place West Ham five points behind with a game in hand, after the Foxes also missed out on the top four on the final day of last season.

Today’s games

Leeds v Spurs 6:30 a.m.

Sheff Utd v Palace 9 a.m.

Man City v Chelsea 11:30 a.m.

L’pool v So’ton 2:15 p.m.

Tomorrow’s games

Wolves v Brighton 6 a.m.

Villa v Man Utd 8:05 a.m.

West Ham v Everton 10:30 a.m.

Arsenal v West Brom 1 p.m.

Monday’s game

Fulham v Burnley 2 p.m.